Kaes Van't Hof Wins Pac-10 Singles And Doubles Crowns

April 27, 2008

OJAI, CALIF. - The USC men's tennis team was guaranteed to add a fourth Pac-10 Single Champion to its all-time list on Sunday. The only question was, who would the champion be? In an all-Trojan Pac-10 singles title match in Ojai, senior Kaes Van't Hof claimed the conference crown with a 6-3, 7-6 (2) win over sophomore teammate Robert Farah. Van't Hof becomes the fourth USC man to win a Pac-10 singles title, last captured by a Trojan in 2001. Van't Hof rounded out the day with another trip to the podium, meeting back up with Farah - this time back as teammates - and the USC pair won the Pac-10 Doubles Championship with a 6-4, 6-4 title win over ASU's Bellama/Brooklyn.

Van't Hof had carried a 13-match singles win streak into the 2008 Pac-10 Championships and was seeded No. 2 behind teammate Farah. With his winning run to the Pac-10 singles title, Van't Hof now holds an 18-match win streak. Today's championship win over Farah notched the senior's 30th singles win of the year, as Van't Hof is 30-8 overall entering the upcoming NCAA action in store for the Trojans.

Later in the day, the two Trojans teamed back up on the same side of the net and combined forces to win the Pac-10 Doubles Championship. Owners of a 16-match win streak coming into the Pac-10 tourney, the USC duo ran that up to 20 straight with its championship run. In the title match, top-seeded Farah/Van't Hof met No. 2 seed Bellama/Brooklyn of ASU. There, USC's senior-sophomore combo kept control of the match, claiming a 6-4, 6-4 victory to get the Trojans their first Pac-10 doubles crown since 2003 and round out a winning weekend for senior Van't Hof.

It was the first time in USC history that the Trojans have had players in both the Pac-10 singles and doubles championship matches in Ojai. USC has had three other Pac-10 singles champions, and has claimed five Pac-10 doubles titles. The last USC doubles team to win the crown was Parker Collins/Daniel Langre in 2003, and Ryan Moore was USC's last singles champ with a victory in 2001.

For full results, see below, or visit www.ojaitourney.org.

Pac-10 Singles Championship Matches
(1) Robert Farah
First round: def. Peter Zimmer (ARIZ) - 6-3, 6-4
Round of 16: def. Michael Look (UCLA) - 6-4, 3-6, 6-2
Quarterfinals: def. Pedro Zerbini (CAL) - 6-1, 4-6, 6-2
Semifinals: def. Jaak Poldma (USC) - 6-2, 6-4
Championship: lost to (2) Kaes Van't Hof (USC) - 6-3, 7-6 (2)

Jaak Poldma
First round: def. Pierre Mouillon (CAL) - 6-3, 6-1
Round of 16: def. (4) Claudio Christen (ARIZ) - 6-3, 6-4
Quarterfinals: def. (5) Mathieu Dehaine (UCLA) - 5-7, 6-1, 6-2
Semifinals: lost to (1) Robert Farah (USC) - 6-2, 6-4

Gary Sacks
First round: def. Jonathan Dahan (CAL) - 6-3, 6-3
Round of 16: def. Francisco Gallardo (ORE) - 7-6 (7), 6-4
Quarterfinals: def. Nicolas Meister (UCLA) - 6-3, 7-6 (6)
Semifinals: lost to (2) Kaes Van't Hof (USC) - 4-6, 6-1, 7-6 (2)

(2) Kaes Van't Hof
First round: def. Geoff Embry (ORE) - 7-6, 6-4
Round of 16: def. Juan Carlos Rebaza (ASU) - 6-4, 6-3
Quarterfinals: def. Jeremy Drean (UCLA) - 7-6 (5), 6-4
Semifinals: def. Gary Sacks (USC) - 4-6, 6-1, 7-6 (2)
Championship: def. (1) Robert Farah (USC) - 6-3, 7-6 (2)

Pac-10 Singles Invitational Matches
(1) Abdullah Magdas
First round: def. Patrick Brogan (ASU) - 6-2, 6-1
Round of 16: def. Mikael Myrhed (ORE) - 6-3, 6-1
Quarterfinals: lost to David Chu (WASH) - 4-6, 7-6 (1), 1-1 def.

Jack Levis
First round: def. Nicolai Horgen (CAL) - 5-7, 6-2, 6-4
Round of 16: lost to David Chu (WASH) - 6-4, 6-4

Daniel Gliner
First round: def. Ravid Hazi (ARIZ) - 6-3, 6-3
Round of 16: def. Jeffrey Zeller (STAN) - 7-5, 6-3
Quarterfinals: lost to (4) Wes Miller (ASU) - 5-7, 6-1, 6-2

(3) Jason McNaughton
First round: lost to Tobi Obenaus (WASH) - 6-2, 7-6 (11)

Andrew Piotrowski
First round: def. John Nanosky (ASU) - 7-6 (3), 6-2
Round of 16: def. Ahmed Ismail (UCLA) - 4-6, 6-2, 6-2
Quarterfinals: lost to Bozhidar Katsarov (CAL) - 3-6, 7-6, 7-6

Pac-10 Doubles Championship Matches
(1) Farah/Van't Hof
Round of 16: def. Hirschman/Wire (STAN) - 8-1
Quarterfinals: def. Hazi/Metham (ARIZ) - 8-4
Semifinals: def. (4) Chizever/Zerbini (CAL) - 8-4
Championship: def. (2) Bellama/Brooklyn (ASU) - 6-4, 6-4

Poldma/Piotrowski
Round of 16: lost to (3) Meister/Srugo (UCLA) - 8-3

Pac-10 Doubles Invitational Matches
Gliner/Magdas
Round of 16: def. Gilbert/Horgen (CAL) - 9-7
Quarterfinals: def. (2) Miller/Nanosky (ASU) - w/o (admin)
Semifinals: def. (4) Kildahl/Obenaus (WASH) - 8-5
Championship: lost to (3) Dahan/Katsarov - 8-4

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